Friday, January 29, 2016

Is There Always A Story? Probably

Good morning and welcome Through My Back Door. The coffee is on, and guess what? We are back to DD. It is a good thing I wasn't this fickle in other things, as I am coffee. I LOVE good coffee. It is important to me, but I find if I drink the same brand day in and day out, it just gets blah, so I change around. I am a Gemini and I don't know enough about astrology to know if that is in our make up or not. Hahahaha. However, there is also some cake, strawberries and whipped cream if you want it this early. As many of you know, I belong to a few decorating groups on FB. One of the people in the group, made the comment that all of my things had a story, and it set my mind a whirl. I guess for the most part they do. With that said, I think when I sit in this little house and I look around at all the pieces I have collected, they do tell a story and they do bring back memories. So when Al made that comment I thought, "I feel a blog coming on". Well home is where I spend a lot of time now that I am retired and no longer work part time, so yes I want it to feel good. I want to look at something and remember where,when, and why I have it. It makes me happy. Most of you who know me, personally, know I am happy most all the time. Oh I have my moments, as I have lost a husband and other wonderful people in my life, but for most part I am happy. You see as a Christian, I KNOW I will see them again. Well when I look around and I see a dresser Curtis refinished that had green enamel on it I smile. He used to say the wood spoke to him. I believe it did.
See it in the back ground? We have another just like it in the bedroom. See that picture over it, that was a gift from a fellow blogger, the year Amanda was diagnosed with breast cancer. He wouldn't let me pay for it, said it made him happy to make someone smile. Well, I smile everytime I look at it.
See the desk? I looked for 3-4 years on my travels for the "right" desk. It couldn't be over a certain size to fit in this spot. Well my daughter in law Renda, found it on line in up state New York, she and Dodd bought it, had it shipped to me for Christmas a year ago.It fills my heart to see it and know what they went through to get it for me. The cupboard in the background? Most of you know the story about the two German cupboards.
The other one is in this picture. We bought those 3 years apart, sold the small one, bought the big one kept it, and eventually bought the little one back. Curtis loved them. See the mantle? I had always wanted a mantle to decorate. One day Deb and Michael pulled up to the front door and had bought this for me. Just because. I smile every time I flip that remote, and think about what wonderful children I have. BTW this is an old picture and although the big things remain, it looks completely different.
All of you know the story of the little yellow bowl. It restores my faith in people every time I look at it. I have my great great grandfathers little chair and Curtis stripped it and put the last bottom in it. It makes me smile for it has lots of stories.
Then there is my kitchen table.
When I decided to downsize my table Renda found this one on Craigslist. A 2 board East Tn Walnut table. So Michael and I go to look at it. Let me digress a minute, and say when Curtis' mind deteriorated, every old piece of furniture he saw, he would say, we used to own that. Well it got to be a joke with all the family. Everyone of my children, Doug, Dodd, and Deb love anything old and all collect, so we all used that phrase, as it made us smile. Well back to the table, when Michael and I went into the house and saw this table, I said, We used to own this The look on his face said, "uh oh. Here we go again".  However when I told him  to look for a couple of things, he knew I was still ok. Anyway, we never had used it in our house, but had sold it in the shop. So it does have a story too. The cupboard behind it has a story. Curtis tried to buy it in NC , but a local auction house won the bid. Their truck broke down and he hauled them and the cupboard back home. When they eventually put it up for bid, we bought it.
My churns all have a story, as do my baskets, and so many other things.Another post I will share some other pieces and their stories. So yes, there is always a story and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Know what else I wouldn't have any other way? You coming Through My Back door where life is good.
PS: I want to throw out a thank you for my domino group. They came and played yesterday with sheetrock dust everywhere, Subway sandwiches for lunch and never once complained.
PSS: I have lost approx 30 followers. Someone said it was because people are stopping to blog. I find that so sad
PSSS I don't air my personal ailments but I am facing shoulder surgery of some kind.Waiting on the results of the MRI to know how involved.


  1. Good morning Betty. I always love a good story. What wonderful special pieces and the love behind them. I have a few special things and my heart smiles when I think of how I acquired them. Sheetrock dust? Does that mean there is a project going on? Sounds like fun. Sorry to hear about your shoulder. I am sure you will be in good hands with all the doctors in your family. Hope all will go well and a speedy recovery. I read from a blogger friend goggle changed something and that was the reason for loosing friends. Don't understand all that. I too lost a few. Take care and have a great weekend. Suppose to be a pretty one here.

  2. Love hearing the story of how you received the beautiful things in your home. I can remember where everything in my home came from. Lots of good memories of loved ones and great antique hunting. So glad you decided to keep your blog going for now.

  3. Hi Betty, I have lost 15 followers and sad about that too. Don't know why we are all losing some.
    Let me know your surgery date.....hugs!

  4. Hi Betty. I love to hear your stories. They always make me smile! So sorry to hear about your shoulder, praying it's nothing serious. Be sure to let us know. Stay warm and happy! Dolly

  5. Hi Betty, Such beautiful pieces and sweet memories for you. Thanks for sharing them with us.
    Here is the reason for the loss of followers...
    Have a great weekend,

  6. I read about the reason for losing followers and at least I am thankful that it wasn't that people were leaving but it was another way to monopolize things.
    I love how all of your things have stories and I love reading about those stories! I think my favorite things I have in my little space also have stories, it is what makes them special!
    Be blessed,

  7. Hi Betty! You have such a wonderful way with words. I always love hearing about your special things and the delightful life stories behind them. Jane

  8. I love when things have a story. That is wonderful that many of your things do.

    It's Google's fault for the follower loss, they are removing everyone that didn't sign up with their Google account (like Gmail). Those people will have to sign up again.

    Sorry to hear about your shoulder, I will pray to our Mighty God.

  9. I love your stories! It has me thinking about the things in my home and the stories behind them! I never realized how many there are! Prayers for your shoulder!

  10. Enjoy your blog so very much. I am having shoulder problems also. Not fun!

  11. Betty I always look forward to reading your blog posts. Your way with words have a way of leaving me feeling warm! I always love to hear your stories because they make me smile. I have lost a lot of my family, those that are left don't get the opportunity to visit much, so it's wonderful "sharing" yours! Praying that your shoulder heals soon, keep us posted about the surgery please! Sending prayers and hugs your way....Dolly

  12. How are you Betty? I have been having trouble with blogger and did not know if I had missed a post from you!

  13. How are you Betty? I have been having trouble with blogger and did not know if I had missed a post from you!


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